You have a better chance of moving cargo ships through the Suez Canal right now than advancing gun reform through the Senate.
Elizabeth Esty wasn’t even Rep. Esty in December 2012 when she had to appear at “one of those news conferences.”
At that stage, she was Rep.-elect Elizabeth Esty, D-Conn. But events thrust her into the familiar spotlight that lawmakers often find themselves in the day after a mass shooting.
“This Congress has not shown the courage to pass commonsense gun reforms,” said Esty the day after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. “It is not too late for this Congress to do better. And now is the time.”
But, as Esty and others would learn, it wasn’t.
Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., Esty’s predecessor in the House, found himself at one of “those” press conferences in early October 2017. It was just a few days after a gunman opened fire on a country music concert, just off the Vegas Strip.
“We are here today to say that enough is enough,” declared Murphy.
But it wasn’t enough.
“The time for talk is over,” said the current Health and Human Services Secretary and then-Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-Calif., just after the 2018 slaughter at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. “It’s time to act.”
But it still wasn’t. more here